Only a few more months remain until Cougar football kicks off once again in Martin Stadium. There's still a lot of work to be done on the stadium's renovation but contractors say they're on time and on budget.
Project superintendent Adam Bonner says the renovations are about 70 percent done. He led KXLY on a special tour, pointing out the 1,100 new club seats and the layout of the new club room where people in those seats can eat and socialize. Overall, the 2,100 added seats will bring the stadium's capacity up to around 34,500.
Also 21 new suites that are already sold out and a press box will allow every game to be nationally televised.
"We've put over a hundred workers through a new employee orientation over the last three weeks so we're ramping up all the interiors," Bonner said.
The athletics department says it's sold 2,600 new season tickets with the help of hiring a new coach and renovating.
The Senior Associate Director of Athletics, John Johnson, says 98 percent of season ticket holders chose to renew their seats as well.
"This facility is as nice as any press box, premium seating facility in the country. In the NFL, at the college level, and in particular the Pac-12," Johnson said.
The school hopes the new stadium will help the new coach and new team win games and encourage fans.
"It will improve the game day experience and of course that helps the kids play and compete," Johnson said. "It's just going to be a completely different environment from the noise perspective."
Construction is expected to be completed by Aug. 15th and contractors will add certain amenities during the season.